Dental group breaks the 50 practice milestone following latest acquisition

A rapidly growing dental group has become the first to own more than 50 practices in Scotland with its latest acquisition in Newton Mearns

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 7:19 pm
The team at Mearns Dental will stay on following the takeover

Clyde Munro Dental Group, which is backed by Investec and Synova, has secured the takeover of Mearns Dental – a thriving two-practice operation.

It takes its tally north of the border to 51, with a further six practices expected to complete in the coming weeks.

The Glasgow-based group was founded by Jim Hall in 2015 and its Scotland-focused message has resonated with dentists, who have faced growing paperwork requirements in response to changing legislations.

Since the start of the pandemic it has received many approaches from practice owners.

Jim is delighted with the firm’s growing appeal and success in surpassing a half-century of acquisitions – and believes it can change the face of dentistry in Scotland for the better.

He said: “There are around 700 practices in Scotland that could fit the mould for joining Clyde Munro, so we don’t believe things will slow up.

“Covid-19 has been the final straw for many dentists, who already face huge regulatory requirements. Many of them simply didn’t get into the profession to run a business, or complete a mountain of paperwork at the end of a long day of clinical work.

“What is critical for us now is that we ensure we deliver for our practices as we grow – and keep looking to bring efficiencies of scale, the latest techniques and procedures, all while retaining the character and individuality of each location."

As well as its acquisition spree, Clyde Munro has invested tens of thousands of pounds in the latest equipment and training, bringing new techniques and treatments. Its broad geographic spread means that patients in rural locations can now access treatments that previously required lengthy trips.

The newly acquired Mearns Dental was founded by Craig Taylor, when he merged his Crookfur Dental Practice with Gordon Robertson’s Means Cross Dental Practice in 1992.

Craig’s two fellow partners, Eloy Lopez and Lyndsey Chalmers, along with their 15 strong team, including three associate dentists and three dental hygienists will stay on as part of the takeover, ensuring continuity for patients.